A few updates are in order. My Mom passed away on Columbus Day, October 12, 2015. She would have celebrated her 101st birthday on December 18th, 2015, so she was well into her hundredth year.
With her passing, much has changed for me though outwardly things look much the same. I am still at the Saint Charles address for home and work, am continuing in the jobs I had at the beginning of 2015, and am starting to add on new projects and new consulting work.
Another important factor is that I am no longer “anchored” to living where I do. I have lots of support here and am not eager to move just to move. At the same time, if I were to have a reason to move, I could do so.
For whatever reason, the tie-in with Aweber for the JoelMonty.info mailing list has not worked.
I am manually taking the subscribed user list from JoelMonty.info and importing names and emails to the JoelMonty-Info 01 mailing list on Aweber. You will receive a confirmation message from Aweber asking if you want to be added to the list. If you do, please click yes on the link provided for your response. If you don’t want to be on the list, as I understand the process, Aweber will delete names of those not responding to their “opt-in” message.
I need some help in completing some projects in 2014 and expect to be sending emails to subscribers to my multiple websites to encourage their participation.
This is your “heads up” for what I’m doing. (I’m not sharing the list or your names or emails. These are my Aweber lists.)
Calvary Episcopal Batavia–“The Little Church on the Corner” (You know the one, it’s the one with the BIG HEART.)
(The comment makes me think about the “Shop Around the Corner”, the 1940 Romantic Comedy with Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullivan, and Frank Morgan–produced by Ernst Lubitch. That movie was the basis for “You’ve Got Mail”, a 1998 Romantic Comedy with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, directed by Nora Ephron.)
Calvary Episcopal Batavia was build in the 1800s. In fact, we just celebrated the 133rd year of its consecration as an Episcopal Church.
Calvary’s location is right at the edge of “downtown Batavia” on the west side of the Fox River at the southeast corner of Batavia Ave (Rt 31) and Main St. You can see the classic “red door” when driving south on Batavia Ave.
The picture below shows the red door (taken from Main St). It’s a “virtual yard sign” promoting the next “Mass on the Grass”.
Calvary Episcopal Batavia has been serving the community for more than 133 years. Lots of its members have been leaders in Batavia and Calvary Episcopal opened its doors (and its basement) to be the home of the Batavia Islamic Center where it has resided for 25 years.
Calvary Episcopal is very active in its community outreach, serving and contributing to lots of organizations in and around Batavia.
Father Michael Rasicci, the rector, lives what he endorses, “…growing a living faith in Jesus Christ through Worship and Community.” Members of the “parish” and visitors come together regularly to worship. Then they are encouraged to take the renewal and energy they received from the Communion out into the world (community) to serve in ways that they are called to serve. Many are in service to the parish itself–getting ready for the services, assisting in the services, and assisting in serving food and or coffee to the people attending the services who stay for “coffee hour”–or, in the case of “Mass on the Grass” Celebrations, for lunch.
Not only are collections gathered for community organizations, members of the parish are “hands-on” helping at these organizations, preparing and serving food for the homeless, ice cream socials for the seniors at Michaelson Health Center, providing services to elders at the Homstad, and many more.
I spoke with Dan Hoefler, an active member who shared that he does recognize the growing of a living faith in Jesus Christ through his worship and through his service in the community (both the parish and beyond).
I started attending CalvaryEpiscopalBatavia on Easter Sunday, 2014, and have personally found that it does, indeed, have a “BIG HEART” that extends out into the community from “the little church on the corner.” I’m enjoying my own growth in my living faith in Jesus Christ through worship and community–and, indeed, I am finding new areas of service for me to do in both the parish and the greater community thanks to my connections with CalvaryEpiscopalBatavia.
Mom is 99–will be 100 on the 18th of December (the week before Christmas).
She’s doing well for her age, basically healthy, eating well, has some memory challenges and still looks forward to getting up in the morning.
I spend time with her every evening. Almost a year ago now someone stole the engagement ring she was wearing. It was an hierloom–originally belonging to her mother. She missed it and was always looking for it.
She has since given me the two other wedding rings she used to wear with that wedding ring.
Mom lives in a memory-assisted Assisted Living unit that is part of a Continuous Care Retirement Community west of Chicago. I picked-up some Cubic Zirconia rings to replace the stolen engagement ring. Nope, those weren’t right. Later I went to Walmart.com and found a set of rings with a Cubic Zirconia engagement ring very similar to the one that was stolen. She’s still wearing that one.
She noticed another resident with a wide gold band on her finger and spoke with her about it two separate days–unusual for Mom. Tonight she asked me to do her a favor (a rare event for her to ask). She wanted a wide gold band.
I went back to Walmart.com and found another Cubic Zirconia wedding band that should be much wider than the ring she’s currently wearing. I had them personalize the ring with Mom’s name and Dad’s name on the outside. (Makes it easier to spot if it “goes missing”, too.)
We’ll pick-up the ring from the local store on or around August 5th. I hope she likes it. It is a simple thing to keep her happy.
Consistency and Connection on the Internet–When looking for work (or clients), it is critical that all search engines present the same information to prospective clients and/or employers.
This means lots of going back and forth, checking out the latest updates, and, even worse, having to repeat the information yet again for some prospective employers who require their own applications.
Some of mine were out of date–last updated in 2003 (one), 2011 (a few). All (I hope) now reflect basically the same information. Job-Search-related email are all being sent to the same address (Joel@JoelMontgomery.net). I also steer everyone to my executive website, http://www.JoelMontgomery.net.
I thought you might be interested in watching a new YouTube video I just created yesterday promoting the “Mass on the Grass Celebration” hosted by Calvary Episcopal Church, Batavia, IL, on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Here’s the link http://bit.ly/mass-on-the-grass
The event is fun and starts at 10:15AM and, last time, ended between 12:30 and 1:30PM depending on what people were doing.
If you’re in the area, you’re invited to drop in and stay–we’re having lunch, too. Check out the page on Facebook.
I am a life-long Episcopalian, growing up at the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, FL (222 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236–Tel. 941-955-4263–http://www.redeemersarasota.org/) (where I was confirmed and served as an acolyte). That church felt like “home” to me and Father Tom Fitzgerald was a model priest.
During my childhood, after I went off to college, and during my10-year career in the US Army, the Church of the Redeemer was my “official” church home.
I served in the Army for ten years and, during my last tour of duty, was stationed at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. I was a member of Saint Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St, NW Washington, DC 20016–202-363-4119–http://www.columba.org/) Father Bill Swing was the rector. (In 1979 he became the 7th Bishop of California and I attended his consecration in San Francisco. The 8th Bishop of California was elected in 2009.) This church, too, felt like home. I was very actively involved in youth ministry and young adult ministry. Working closely with Nora–the priest serving the youth community. While here I was going through the process to be approved to go to an Episcopal seminary and to study for the priesthood. (Episcopal priests can marry and have families.) I was completing 10 years in the U.S. Army and was a captain. The youth minister suggested I take human relations training and sent me on my first weekend with the MidAtlantic Association for Training and Consulting out of Washington DC–This was a Human Relations training. I liked it so much I continued on for more than 500 hours of hands-on experiential training and eventually (in 1979) became certified as an organizational change consultant (focused initially as a consultant in Episcopal churches), an advanced experiential education designer, and as a T-group facilitator and an Advanced T-group facilitator.
This training led me to change my careers from the Army to being an Organizational Change Consultant. Also, in 1979, through my connections with the training from MATC, I went to Philadelphia to take a training from Insight Training Seminars out of Santa Monica, CA. At that first training I met John-Roger, who seemed like a person with acute insight himself. (I later learned that he was a leading figure in a non-denominational Christian church called the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness with headquarters in Los Angeles CA.)
I continued my training with Insight Training Seminars and, when I finished my Army career, moved to Los Angeles to start my consulting practice and to be close to both Insight and MSIA. After a few months I was hired as a Management Consultant in the Litigation Management Practice of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in Los Angeles. I also volunteered quite a bit with Insight Training Seminars and studied the teachings of MSIA. On August 2, 1981, I was ordained as a minister in MSIA. (Ministers focus on service rather than on leading a church or administering sacraments. Many ministers may be involved in other religious denominations as well.)
I moved to Geneva, IL, in 1993, after completing my doctorate degree (EdD) in Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Florida International University (FIU), the public university in Miami.
My parents moved from Sarasota, Florida to Carol Stream, IL in December, 1992–just after my commencement exercises at FIU. They had taken such good care of me as a child, I wanted to be around to help them in their retirement. Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) had a learning center in Saint Charles, IL, and I was brought in as a consultant for a few months. In July, 1993, I was offered a contract as a Change Management Consultant with Andersen Consulting and was with them in St Charles for five years. In November, 1998, I left them and joined Origin Technology in Business (now Atos) in January, 1999, to focus once again on the organizational change side of consulting.
After 9-11-2001, I decided to make a difference in K-12 education and, because I passed the proficiency exam in Spanish for the state of Illinois, became a full-time bilingual (Spanish) teacher in K-12 schools starting in December, 2002. I did this full-time for six years in schools supported by the Kane County Regional Office of Education. For the past five years I have been a substitute teacher in the Kaneland school district (Maple Park, IL). I lived for 20 years in Geneva and, in February, 2014, downsized from a 2-bedroom house with garage and basement to a 1-bedroom apartment in Batavia, IL.
I had seen Calvary Episcopal Church (located near the Batavia Public Library) when I first moved to Batavia and had thought about attending. Another motivation is that my mother, who joined the Episcopal church after she married my Dad, is now 99 and may want some of the services the church provides.
Two friends I know from the Delnor Wellness Center (now Cadence Fitness and Health Center) had started attending this church and were going to be at the Easter service as well. I went to the 8:00AM service and met Father Mike Racicci, the rector, and got acquainted with the other parishioners at the “coffee hour” following the service. Calvary Episcopal Batavia is the third Episcopal Church I’ve attended that has felt like home.
As I became acquainted with Father Mike, who celebrated the 34th anniversary of his ordination in June, 2014, I shared with him that I’ll be celebrating the 33rd anniversary of my ordination in August, 2014. He suggested I check with Dick Watts, the Chaplain at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, to see if he needed any more volunteer, on-call Chaplains for nights, weekends, and holidays. I followed through with Dick and started as a volunteer on-call Chaplain for Delnor Hospital on July 4th, 2014.
I’m becoming more involved in my volunteer service at Calvary Episcopal in Batavia–it’s very inviting and everyone there is welcoming and supportive. I’m on the Worship committee and have volunteered to be coordinator for the second “Mass on the Grass Celebration” on July 27, 2014. This has me contacting lots more people and brings to mind the work I did with Episcopal Churches at the start of my consulting care
A new post was just added to the EmpowermentCoachnet Page on Facebook. Rather than repeat the entire post, I’ll summarize it a little. Empowerment is something we’d like to see and lots of people around the world have been disempowered for a long time. One of the tragedies of disempowerment is what happens to senior citizens, many of whom are very well educated, have been pillars of their community, active, making a positive difference for everyone they contact. As they age and as their bodies and mental processes slow down, they become disempowered–sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually. In their disempowered state their quality of life starts to decline as well.
We can make a difference for them. The post goes into more detail and there is a workshop available that can help caregivers, families, and others who need to be empowering (teachers, medical staff) to learn to help themselves and, by extension, to help others.